Comments from Experts: (Couple Comments are Below)
Catholic Engaged Encounter has won recognition from the National Association of Catholic Family Ministers (NACFLM) with the "Outstanding Organization in Family Life Ministries" award. They state:
"This award is presented to Catholic Engaged Encounter to acknowledge the number of years that this organization has provided excellent marriage preparation. Your members have worked tirelessly to provide training, outlines and resources for this important ministry. Your presence in many dioceses throughout the United States is a testimony to the impact that you have had on new families. The CARA study and evaluation of Catholic Engaged Encounter speaks of the value and importance of this ministry for the Catholic Church and other denominations as well."
"Engaged Encounter is the best marriage preparation program in communication for engaged couples of any denomination in the U.S."
Michael J. McManus, author of the book, "Marriage Savers", syndicated columnist in 100 newspapers and radio commentator.
"We believe that Engaged Encounter is an opportunity for engaged couples to truly connect with one another on important topics and issues without being distracted by daily life."
Sheri & Bob Stritof, authors of "The Everything Great Marriage Book", and the Marriage Guides at http://marriage.about.com.
Past Reno Weekend Couples Say:
This weekend allowed us to bring up issues that we would have otherwise had a tough time doing.
We were able to better incorporate God into our relationship through talks about faith and love.
Mostly it just cemented in our minds that we are making the right decision in getting married in the Catholic Church. We know we want to be an example of God's love.
The constant talks affected our relationship the most. The questions were great and gave us the opportunity to dive deeper into our relationship.
Having the priest here and hearing his stories and dedication to God made us realize how important it is to us to have God in our life and in our relationship. Thank you all for your time, openess, and dedication. All of you created a special weekend that we will remember and cherish forever.
Thank you so much for a wonderful and insightful weekend! The food was great too!
This was a wonderful experience. From this my fiance and I have agreed to take time to go on retreats as a couple throughout our marriage.
This has been an absolutely wonderful experience. We thank all the presenting couples for sharing their stories. We leave this weekend with renewed strength as our wedding approaches.
Understanding the Sacrament and the power it has really opened our eyes and gave us a greater appreciation for marriage. Very benificial, I think it is somethng every couple should go through before they get married no matter what religion they are.
During this weekend we have bcome closer and more open to talk. I feel that my faith in God got stronger over this weekend.
We greatly enjoyed spending quality time together this weekend. It allowed us to discuss many issues / topics without distractions. We feel closer to each other and God through this experience.
This weekend helped us to refocus on the important things in our life – our faith in God and our love for one another. Thank you so much for sharing your time and personal experiences with us. God bless!
This was an out standing weekend. Clearly very valuable. We received many recommendations to do this weekend and we are happy we came. We had such a wonderful weekend! I learned so much. We truly grew closer together and bonded in a special way this weekend. Thank you for an invaluable communication technique.
Thank you for sharing your feelings and experiences. They have helped us to clarify our feelings and expand our dialog into new realms.